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I find it highly offensive as a white person. Like I should feel shame for the things that happened before I was born.
I'm so sick of the Natives trying to make us feel guilty for stuff people did in the past.
I was born of this earth and should have as much right to the fruits of this earth as anyone else.
One more thing......There will never be true equality on this planet as long as we permit race based privileges to persist. The handouts must stop!
How can you be offended by "Got Land?" "Thank an Indian" ...? This in and of itself is not offensive, the offense is what you are reading into it such as ""Make us feel guilty".
As far as your rights to the fruits of the earth, do you have a right to build a garden in your neighbors lawn or run a cow there? No, because that is their earth.... you only have the right to your own, for which was once native lands.
Can you honestly forget this land was first inhabited by natives? I can't... I owned land here, and every single time it rained arrowheads and other native artifacts would be uncovered by it...with every arrowhead that was uncovered I knew what land I was on, it was definitely theirs long before I ever called it mine.
Should I feel guilty for what others did, no... I should only feel guilt for what I do that is wrong.
However, since you speak of "handouts" I was on the reservation in pine ridge for a short time. I was welcomed into the homes of strangers, felt all manner of kindness from those I encountered, and was never made to feel guilty. But I never saw those handouts you speak of. Not one handout did I see...
I don't think there will ever be true equality on this earth until we stop trying to blame someone else for everything, and each take our own blame that is due us. And we do have our own blame, even now.edit on 16-1-2014 by OpinionatedB because: (no reason given)
If you don't see a larger problem, then you're not looking. I suggest that you drop your filters for a while and take a good honest look at the scenario. If you don't look beyond the comments you've made, you'll never really know what you're talking about. Therefore, you'll sure as hell not come up with any solutions.
If you don't see handouts, you're just not looking.
The difference between opinion and fact is...facts. Since you have found this site important enough to sign on, and this post important enough to comment upon, you might want to research that statement of yours. Otherwise, it's just trolling, and that gets old, quick.
"Thank an Indian" .... All they did was rollover and give up the land. Plus they still own plenty of land and make plenty of money off of it.
Well, you're not ranging far enough to recognise the roots of the problems...just pointing out the symptoms and the lame attempts to fix them. I agree that more money is not a fix...but smart money is. Funds need to be invested in health, education and good leadership. Anything less will merely prolong the status quo. I should also point out that the quality of leadership also determines, in a large part, conditions in the FN communities. I am a regular visitor to one nearby that is not apparently afflicted with the kind of squalor you describe, and I have been to others that can easily considered 'nice'. Folks are folks, eh?
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I do see a larger problem. The problem is how the government has handled the whole situation. Instead of teaching the native people the skills they need to prosper in a modern world, they just hand them money instead.